What is due diligence in the information age?
I came across this meme:
I wanted to know who said, “Fate whispers to the warrior, you cannot withstand the storm. The warrior whispers back, I am the storm.” I wanted to read it in context.
This turned out to be a problem.
I GOOGLE, “ “Fate whispers to the warrior, you cannot withstand the storm. The warrior whispers back, I am the storm.” I got Pinterest as the #1 hit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/575686764847920635/
There was a variation of the quote that gave the first line as, “the Devil whispers, you cannot withstand the storm.”
Then GOOGLE gave a list of bloggers using the phrase and a list of Fasebookers using the phrase. No help.
I typed, “fate whispers to the warrior: author” and got this: https://www.reddit.com/r/quotes/comments/3o3mqd/fate_whispers_to_the_man_you_cannot_withstand_the/
“[–]PixelatedBaloney 6 points 5 months ago*
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A Twitter/Instagram account named 556_Productions is claiming credit for a variation of this quote: Fate whispers to the warrior “you cannot withstand this storm” and the warrior whispers back “I am the storm”: Here, here, and here. The original post must be buried pretty far down, or I missed it while scrolling through, but they claim credit for it anywhere it’s posted without credit to them.
Then I found this:
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[–]556_productions 1 point 3 months ago
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We penned it for the first time in June of 2015, it’s not from Dune or any other book/movie”
I went to 556 productions and found this: http://556-productions.myshopify.com/
At the 556 productions site I typed “Fate whispers to the warrior, “you cannot withstand the storm”. The warrior whispers back, I am the storm.” into their search box. I got nothing.
Do 556 productions own that quote? Other search results give the author as, “unknown”. Can I use this quote in a published article?
This is a problem for authors. If we write for money and some great idea of ours ends up on a Wheaties box because it was found floating around on a meme, we might not have recourse. How can we prevent a meme from taking our ideas and letting someone on Pinterest make money on our work?